English & Foreign Language - Career Choices

“Education, like the mass of our age’s inventions, is after all, only a tool; everything depends upon the workman who uses it.” — James Garfield

The critical and creative skills developed from studying language and literature prepare students for the workplace and community. Courses in composition, literature, and foreign language foster a broad range of thinking, writing, speaking, research, and listening skills. These skills can set students on a variety of career paths.

  • Academic careers: English teacher, English professor, school librarian
  • Business careers: salesperson, market researcher, analytical researcher, lobbyist, lawyer, paralegal
  • Journalistic careers: editor, publisher, news reporter, journalist, press secretary, public relations worker
Foreign language
High school or college teacher, interpreter, linguist, translator, teacher of English as a second language, travel agent, ambassador, tour guide
As the world is becoming more global, demand is greater than ever for people who are multi-lingual. For more information about job description, opportunities, and salary range of individual careers, see the online edition of the Occupational Outlook Handbook.